The Bear Comes Home

by Rafi Zabor | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0393040372 Global Overview for this book
Registered by noumena12 of Dayton, Ohio USA on 9/24/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by noumena12 from Dayton, Ohio USA on Saturday, September 24, 2005
Picked up at the Beavercreek Library Sale to be used in the September "You're Such an Animal" Release Challenge. But this one looks interesting, so I may just have to keep it to read.

The hero of Rafi Zabor's first novel is an alto saxophone virtuoso trying to evolve a personal style out of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman. He also happens to be a walking, talking, Shakespeare-and Blake-quoting bear whose keen sense of irony protects him from the double loneliness of the artist and animal in an underappreciative metropolis.The scion of a long line of European circus bears (and the product of an amazing roll of the genetic dice), the Bear, when we first meet him, is eking out a living doing a routinely humiliating street dancing art with his friend and keeper, Jones. But what the Bear is really best at -- besides making himself cosmically miserable -- is playing the alto with his world-calls set of chops. One day he makes a bold foray from their apartment to jam with Arthur Blythe and Lester Bowie -- real-life musicians rub elbows with fictional counterparts throughout the novel -- at a New York club, thus beginning a musical and romantic odyssey. A nightclub bust followed by long dark nights of the soul in New York City's dankest jail. Freedom, a recording contract, underground fame, a road tour that is alternately hilarious, scary, ridiculous, and inspiring. A vexed, physically passionate, and anatomically correct interspecies love affair with a beautiful woman named Iris. And, finally, a triumphant return to a jazz club inside the Brooklyn Bridge, where the Bear plays a solo where it all comes together for him, and blows him all the way back home.

Journal Entry 2 by noumena12 at Cincinnati Marriott North in West Chester, Ohio USA on Saturday, June 07, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (6/7/2008 UTC) at Cincinnati Marriott North in West Chester, Ohio USA



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